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2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Trike | Preview

2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Trike

For the past three years, Harley-Davidson had only offered one trike – the Tri Glide Ultra Classic.

But this changes for 2015 with the introduction of the 2015 Freewheeler – a trike that receives a hot-rod treatment such as ape hangers, bobtail fenders, and a lower stance.

The Freewheeler arrives with the same Twin Cam 103 as the Tri Glide Ultra Classic, which is also available in 2015, but weights nearly 150 lbs. lighter (1045 lbs., dry).

This combination makes the Freewheeler a quicker and more agile trike, and it also arrives with a cheaper MSRP – $24,999 in Vivid Black, $8,000 less than the Tri Glide in this color.

The front-end of the Freewheeler is entirely new, and features a chrome, seven-piece nacelle that’s close to the forks and holds the dual-halogen headlamp. Accenting the styling is the 19-inch Enforcer cast-aluminum wheels, which feature machined highlights.

Out back, the waterproof trunk swallows two full-face helmets, and opens left-to-right for easy access/loading. Below the trunk are dual-chrome mufflers with slash-down tips exit the bottom of the trunk. Also highlighting the rear of the Freewheeler are bobtail fender above the 15-inch Enforcer wheels. These fenders also incorporate LED stop/tail/turn lights.

While riding, the 12-inch mini-ape handlebar allows an easy reach and reduced steering effort. Comfort is further enhanced by a redesigned seat that pushes the rider forward for an easier reach to the foot and hand controls. For the passenger, soft-touch grab rails are easy to grip and mount directly to the body.

As for riding amenities, the Freewheeler arrives with cruise control, a foot-activated parking brake, electric reverse gear and a hydraulic Assist and Slip clutch with reduced lever effort. The linked brake system allows the rider to apply both the front and rear brakes through the rear brake pedal. The full front brake system is applied only through the front brake lever and remains independent, Harley says.

The 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler is offered at $24,999 in Vivid Black, or $25,499 in Amber Whiskey or Superior Blue.

Following are the highlights of the 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Trike:

  • Rubber-mounted, Air-Cooled 1690cc High Output Twin Cam 103 engine with integrated oil cooler; finished in Black with chrome covers and:

– 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission

– Electric reverse with handlebar mounted control and LED indicator light

– Hydraulic Assist & Slip clutch actuation

– Electronic Cruise Control

– Low-maintenance belt drive

  • Seven-piece nacelle tucked in tight against the frame and forks
  • Low-profile trunk with full-width lid that opens right to left; 2 cubic-foot capacity and designed to carry two full size helmets
  • One-piece, two-up reduced reach Comfort Stitch seat moves rider one inch forward
  • Bobtail rear fenders with integrated lighting
  • Stop/tail/turn LED rear lighting
  • Specific console design with reverse indication light in speedometer face and black-faced gauges
  • 12-inch mini-ape handlebar brings hand controls close to the rider and reduces required turning force
  • Soft-grip passenger grab rails
  • Dual Halogen headlamp
  • Ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and tactile feel
  • Hydraulically linked braking system
  • Foot-activated parking brake
  • Air-adjustable rear shocks
  • Streamlined, low-profile front fender
  • Enforcer Cast Aluminum wheels; 19-inch diameter front wheel
  • Chrome dual exhaust with slash-down mufflers
  • Full-length rider footboards with heel/toe shift levers

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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